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Apex Legends e-sports delayed after hackers enable cheats on player clients

Several e-sports competitors in the Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) have been compromised by hackers live during the tournament, leading to the North American finals being postponed.

user icon Daniel Croft
Tue, 19 Mar 2024
Apex Legends e-sports delayed after hackers enable cheats on player clients
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For those unfamiliar with Apex Legends, the game is a “battle royale-hero shooter” in which tens of players fight it out to be the last one standing.

The ALGS is a tournament series in which competitors are set against each other, with the winner able to win large cash and other prizes.

However, a match during the North American (NA) finals saw hackers compromise player accounts to enable cheats such as wallhacks and aimbots (respectively being able to see through walls and to lock on to a player automatically and perfectly while aiming).


A number of players were shocked to see cheat interfaces pop up on their screens, and one player was even banned before it was realised that hackers were involved. Player Genburten had a cheat tool called “TSM HALAL HOOK” pop up on his screen, leading him to back up and take his hands off his keyboard and mouse in a panic to show he was not intentionally enabling cheats.

Despite the cheats, the game’s publisher, EA, validated the match and announced “Luminosity” as the winner and continued to match 4, where a player called “ImperialHal” was given an aimbot by the hackers.

The game’s developer, “Respawn”, and EA agreed to delay the NA finals due to the threat to the competition’s “competitive integrity”.

While the hack is a major concern for players as being banned from competition threatens their careers and livelihoods, it has also raised concerns regarding the security standards of the competition and the extent of the breach.

The hack was reportedly conducted through a remote code execution (RCE) bug, according to a user called Destroyer 2009, who is believed to be behind the breach.

Destroyer 2009 informed the “Anti-Cheat Police Department” on X that an RCE vulnerability was used to hack the Apex clients but did not specify if this was a client flaw, a flaw with the game’s Easy Anti-Cheat software or another program.

Easy-Anti Cheat took to X to say that it has not detected any flaws in its software.

As pointed out by Forbes, it is worth noting that Respawn just laid off 23 people, including Apex Legends developers, some of whom had been working on the game for years. It is unknown if these two events are connected.

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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